Brazilian absurdist literature identification
January 19, 2009 11:54 AM   Subscribe

Please help identify this author/book; Brazilian absurdist/surrealist, stream of consciousness fiction about a part-man/part something else that travels around and continually says a phrase like "holy f-ing s-".
posted by destro to Writing & Language (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The only Brazilian absurdist/surrealist novelist I know is Moacyr Scliar. Long ago I read a book of his called The Centaur in the Garden, which is indeed about a centaur; but I have no idea whether he cusses a lot. Is that it?
posted by escabeche at 5:22 PM on January 19, 2009

Best answer: I think you are describing one of my favorite books! Macunaima by Mario de Andrade.

Macunaima's catch phrase is “Ay, que preguiça!”--sometimes translated as "Oh what a fucking life!"

This book has some unforgettable scenes and descriptions, absurd for sure.
posted by subatomiczoo at 10:45 PM on January 31, 2009

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